Jurgen at about 7 months

Our daughter-in-law Henriët sings with the Chicago Symphony Chorus which was invited, along with the Chicago Symphony, to perform at Carnegie Hall in January. This meant she would be out of town for a few days. Carla volunteered to go to Chicago for a week to help watch Jurgen. Although Andrew didn’t really need any help, he was happy to have the visit. I didn’t go but asked that they send a photo and a video every day.

Here are some of the images and videos they sent (cheating by a week or so on either end). Jurgen is in the 2nd half of his first year and really starting to interact with the world.

Shortly after Carla arrived a true blizzard was forecast for the week. Before the snow hit Andrew took Jurgen out for a walk in the park near their home.

Andrew and Jurgen out for a walk near home before the blizzard hit

Andrew and Jurgen out for a walk near home before the blizzard hit

Nineteen inches of snow fell in 24 hours. Andrew had to plow the sidewalk and driveway 3 times in that span. They know how to deal with snow back there. Carla said a snow plow went by about once an hour.

Snow covers everything in the early hours of the blizzard

Snow covers everything in the early hours of the blizzard

Carla won’t be kept back despite over a foot and a half of snow; she heads out for a walk.

Carla prepares for a walk in the deep snow.

Carla prepares for a walk in the deep snow.

It’s so fun watching kids develop. Here Jurgen is definitely prepping for crawling; it must be instinct because it’s not like he sees people doing it. We do a move something like this in yoga – not nearly as intense and it wears me out in a hurry.

Jurgen got his first taste of solid food on Christmas afternoon – pears if I remember correctly. He’s really come to like solid food.

Last week they started him on broccoli; he’s not nearly as enamored with it. Carla and I have laughed hysterically at this many times in the past week.

The snow storm moved east and detained the Chicago Symphony and Chorus in NYC for a couple of extra days. It’s good Carla was there so Andrew could go to work. Finally Henriët got home – the same day Carla was leaving for home. Here  Jurgen sees his mama coming from the gate.

Carla holding Jurgen who sees his mom  arriving at O'Hare airport

Carla holding Jurgen who sees his mom arriving at O’Hare airport

Here is a pic of the little guy last week; looks like he is a natural musician!

Jurgen getting a jump on piano lessons

Jurgen getting a jump on piano lessons

I wish I could have been there; but am glad Carla could go – definitely one of the biggest benefits of being retired.

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One Response to Jurgen at about 7 months

  1. Elaine Wells says:

    These pictures and the video are priceless! What a doll. Isn’t it so much fun watching them grow and change? I love it. I love the one on the blanket where he is getting ready to crawl! So adorable. All the pictures and videos are. Thanks for sharing. Please keep them coming.

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